Article: Mehta, S; Colt, S; Lee, S; Erickson, D; “Rainer Gross Award Lecture 2016: A Laboratory in Your Pocket: Enabling Precision Nutrition”, Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 38 (2):140-145
Abstract: The need for improving methods of nutritional assessment and delivering primary health care globally cannot be overemphasized. While advances in medical technology typically create more disparities because of access being limited to resource-rich settings, a transition of health care to a mobile platform is increasingly leveling the field. Technological advances offer opportunities to scale laboratory procedures down to mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Globalization also provides the required infrastructure and network capacity to support the use of mobile health devices in developing settings where nutritional deficiencies are most prevalent. Here, we discuss some of the applications and advantages provided by expanding markets of biomarker measurement coupled with primary health care and public health systems and how this is enhancing access and delivery of health services with significant global impact.
Funding Acknowledgement: National Science Foundation, USA; Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, USA; Nutrition International, Canada
Funding Text: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: National Science Foundation, USA; Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, USA; Nutrition International, Canada.